I discovered this review while flipping through some of my old
writings. I didn't even remember that I wrote these types of reviews
back then. I leave it as it was written, even though it's a little embarrassing
1 - The Set
The stage was set up like a castle. It was her castle. The sign
above it and to the right of the stage said: "Electric Youth World Tour
'89". Another said, "Debbie Gibson". In reality, she was touring the US, UK, Australia, and had three stops in
Canada. Luckily, one of those stops was at the Montreal
Her castle was white with black areas as differences between stones.
Two parapets, one on the left and one on the right side of the stage, helped
extend the stage. An iron gate kept people from jumping on
stage. In the back, behind her other band members, was the top of the castle,
complete with towers, entrances and others that made the castle appear more
three dimensional than it was.
There were two male dancers on the stage with her, along with three other
female backup vocalists, a saxophone player, two keyboard players, a drummer
and a guitar player. In all: eleven people on stage.
2/3/4 - The Songs / The Style / The Techniques
Three banners hung in front of the stage, preventing views of most of
it. when nine-o'clock came around, the fans were getting restless.
Judson Spence had come on at eight, and had played for half an hour. We
then had a forty minute break.
At nine, we started the wave. It went around the forum five times,
and then seemed to die. Then we started cheering and making more noise
and more and more noise until our voices got sore. Five minutes later
the wave started up again, traveled four times around the forum and stopped.
Then the chants started: "Debbie - Debbie - Debbie..."
At ten after nine, the lights went out. The cheers lasted for at
least sixty seconds. Then one beat of a song. A spotlight flashed
into existence showing a darkened figure standing in a still stance against
one of the three banners.
As the first beats of "Who Loves Ya Baby?" played, the banners
slowly lifted, with three different spotlights shining in turn on each of the
When the banners were lifted completely, Debbie ran out to the center stage
and started singing to a crowd that was suddenly silent. We were all
standing, and we started singing along with her.
"Over the Wall" started within five seconds of the first song
"Now... now I want to sing the title track from my debut album,"
Debbie said. "Here's 'Out of the Blue'", and she sang.
"I'm going to be in a movie at the end of this year," she
said. "And I've been writing the soundtrack. Here is one of
the songs from that soundtrack. I'm singing it with..." one of her
dancers. I can't remember the name of the slow song, but the two of them
went separately to each side of the stage and sung parts of it together, parts
of it apart. Near the end, they came together, and sang the last line
together. They ended it with a hug.
She made us play a game for "Shake Your Love". Dividing the
Forum into four parts, she had us repeat the first lines from her. On
her left sang "shake your love", continuing towards her right went
"I just can't shake your love", "shake your love", and we
sang the last part, "I just can't shake... your love!" To make
it "fair", she had her band add music to the words. It sounded
The rest of her band extended the song as she disappeared backstage.
She had changed from her long black shorts with a white top, suspenders and
tall black converse shoes.
When she came up between five and ten
minutes later, sitting on her piano through a trap door in the floor, she was
now wearing dark jeans with a faded yellow t-shirt and black shoes. She
rose up as the music for "Foolish Beat" started. It was
beautiful. For the last verse of the song, she stood up and started
The dancers went to work as they acted out a scene for
the song "Don't Flirt With Me Baby". One did flips and the
other danced around; both flirting with the four girls.
Been the One" went smooth, although the crowd needed a bit of coaxing to
do their part near the end of it. The piano rose out of the floor again
as she played it during the interlude in that song. Meanwhile, the
saxophone player came and sat on her stool with her. She turned around
to see who it was, and smiled when she saw him.
"Oh... only in my
dreams," she began, slowly, and then stopped as the crowd roared with
delight. Looking through the binoculars, I saw her lean her head back
and laugh, as if to say "I don't believe this." After thirty
seconds of cheering, she sang the rest of that song.
left us "for five minutes while I take a small break", and her
partner singer started up. He told us that the name of the song was
"Get up on that Team Spirit Baby", and dedicated it to all the
cheerleaders "out there".
He asked us how many people
enjoyed or played football, and there was a small cheer.
Basketball? Another small cheer. Baseball caused yet another small
cheer. When he asked about hockey, the forum lit up as if the Montreal
Canadiens had won the Stanley Cup Finals! Anyway, he sang the song, and
Debbie Gibson rose up on her piano again to start the third part
of her show. This time she was dressed in blue jean shorts (again long);
they were lighter blue, but almost sky blue. She wore a white top, with
a blue vest, and soft white shoes. She came up singing "Lost in
Your Eyes". Near the end of that song, she climbed up onto her
piano and sung dramatically on her knees.
She went on to sing "Staying
Together", "We Could be Together" -saying that "this is a
special song; it's about doing what you want to do", and then "No
More Rhyme" -after a few seconds delay while the crew moved the piano
from the trap door to place it on the side of the stage so that another of her
gang on the stage could play it while she danced.
She then sang
"Electric Youth," a sort of extended version as a finale until she
disappeared out of the back tower of her castle.
The concert was over.
It was only an hour and a half, but it felt like forever.
5 - Et-Cetera
songs might not appear here in their proper order -I can't remember the Debbie
Gibson Concert exactly as it proceeded -but all the songs are present.
She spoke to us in French, also: "Bonjour Montreal: Comment allez
vous?" She pronounced every letter, and it made the audience scream
with delight. It was a good try.
This is the third concert I have
attended, and the one I want to remember the most of. I wish to relive
this concert, and see it over and over again. I hope she comes back
soon! I already miss the feeling her live presence made.